Historical Famous People Of Wiltshire

  • King Athelstan (894-939)

‘Athelstan, the Glorious’ became the very first King of All England in the year of 937. This was the year that the country was unified. He reigned from 925 until his death. He helped to reform the English currency and also had the bible translated from Latin. He was buried in Malmesbury Abbey.

  • George Herbert (1593-1633)

Herbert was a church rector, scholar and poet. He is also famous for being an associate and friend of Francis Bacon. He was so well regarded that his local nickname was ‘Holy Mr Herbert’. He is immortalised as a character in a stained glass window in Bemerton’s St Andrews Church.

  • Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674)

Edward was born in Salisbury and served as Charles II’s chief adviser at the time of his exile. Eventually he was forced to flee to France when he fell out of the king’s favour. He died in Rouen and was eventually buried in Westminster Abbey. He is most well known for being the grandfather of monarchs Mary II and Queen Anne.

  • SImage result for Sir Christopher Wrenir Christopher Wren (1632-1723)

This architect is known for designing the buildings of London after the devastating Great Fire in 1666. His masterpiece is St. Paul’s Cathedral which today is a famous landmark and key tourist attraction which dominates the city’s landscape. He helped to redesign the spire of the cathedral in Salisbury and also influenced Wiltshire’s Farley church. He was born in East Knoyle.

  • Joseph Priestley (1733-1804)

The philosopher, clergyman and chemist helped to progress scientific endeavour when he discovered oxygen in 1774. He did this by heating up mercury dioxide using the sun’s rays with a magnifying glass. By doing this he made one of the biggest discoveries in the history of chemistry. He lived in Calne for a number of years.